Weapons The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers  

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This list of handgun brands includes the most reliable models available and is designed to help you make an informed purchase. The best handgun brands include those from major manufacturers including Walther, Browning Arms Company, Smith & Wesson and more. As you likely know, a handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands.

This characteristic differentiates handguns as a general class of firearms from long guns such as rifles and shotguns (which usually can be mounted against the shoulder). Major handgun subtypes are the revolver and pistol; other subtypes include derringers, single-shot pistols, semi-automatic pistols, pepperboxes, and machine pistols.

Although handgun use often includes bracing with a second hand, the essential distinguishing characteristic of a handgun is its facility for one-handed operation. So what are the most popular handgun brands? Are American brands better than weapons makers in other countries?

Users looking for a great new handgun will want to research a variety of different brands to find the one that best suits their needs, based on features, weight, value, precision, design and quality. This list of good handgun brands is the perfect place to start.

If you're looking for more general information, you can also view: The Best Gun Brands.
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2,860 1,665
Beretta is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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4,839 1,338
SIG Sauer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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1,925 862
Colt's Manufacturing Company is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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3,348 1,248
Smith & Wesson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Small Arms Ammunition Manufacturing, Ammunition (except Small Arms) Manufacturing, Other Ordnance and Accessories Manufacturing

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2,524 909
Springfield Armory, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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1,873 1,011
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Small Arms Ammunition Manufacturing, Ammunition (except Small Arms) Manufacturing, Other Ordnance and Accessories Manufacturing

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2,364 748
Heckler & Koch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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1,623 823
Walther arms is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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973 635
Browning Arms Company is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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1,116 647
FN Herstal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
JaredWesley added Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers - Fabrique Nationale d'Herstal — self identified as FN Herstal and often referred to as Fabrique Nationale or simply FN — is a firearms manufacturer located in Herstal, Belgium. FN is a subsidiary of the Belgian Herstal Group, which also owns U.S. Repeating Arms Company (Winchester) and Browning Arms Company. FN Herstal is the parent company of two United States entities: FN Manufacturing and FNH USA.

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3,047 1,185
Glock Ges.m.b.H. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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1,428 629
CZ is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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1,441 773
Kimber is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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1,015 1,169
Taurus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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483 278
Benilli Shotguns M Series is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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410 257
Barrett Firearms Manufacturing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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483 577
Dan Wesson Firearms is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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474 636
Magnum Research is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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318 179
Remington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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355 234
Wilson Combat is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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293 679
Kel-Tec is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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366 516
Les Baer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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344 575
Luger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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238 217
Rock Island Armory is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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266 468
Thompson Center Arms is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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157 265
Canik is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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253 371
Kahr Arms is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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366 672
Bersa is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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177 506
Auto-Ordinance is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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107 495
Charles Daly firearms is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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192 561
Charter Arms is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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160 465
A. Uberti, Srl. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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104 492
AMT is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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76 263
Korth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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205 623
Hi-Point Firearms is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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